Research Databases

List of research database titles, descriptions and links
A to Z Food America

A to Z Food America

AtoZ Food America contains recipes in all course categories for six US regions, all 50 states, and 33 ethnic cuisines.  It also covers food culture with articles such as Classic Dishes, State Foods, Top Agricultural Products, Special Occasion Foods, Ethnic and Geographic Influences, Special Ingredients, and Food Trivia.

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A to Z Maps Online

A to Z Maps Online

Explore over 100,000 royalty-free downloadable maps for schools, academic institutions, and public libraries.

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A to Z The USA

A to Z The USA

An online encyclopedia of everything about the USA.  

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A to Z World Food

A to Z World Food

Explore recipes and food culture from countries all over the world.  

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About: Books

Find information about books and authors.  Search by title, author, or subject.

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Academic Search Premier

Access full texts from scholarly and academic magazines and periodicals covering nearly every area of academic study including computer sciences, language and linguistics, ethnic studies, and many more.

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Accelerated Reader Book Finder

Use Accelerated Reader Bookfinder to search for books and corresponding AR quizzes.

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African American Heritage

Search essential historical records for African Americans.

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Alt Health Watch

This full-text alternative health research database includes complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness.

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American & English Literature

Electronic books of American and English literature: poetry, drama, fiction, and the Bible.

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American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society funds and conducts research, shares expert information, supports patients, and spreads the word about prevention.  Their goal is to free the world from cancer.

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Ancestry Library Edition (In-Library Use Only)

Ancestry Library Edition delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more of individuals from all over the world.

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Best Colleges

Access simple, accurate guides to aid present and future students in their search for a great school that will meet their needs.  These guides have narrowed-down information relating to schools that have intentional resource centers, specific scholarship opportunities, and specific environmental requirements.

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Biography Reference Bank

Find biographies, obituaries, and photographs of thousands of individuals: both living and deceased.

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Book Browse

BookBrowse seeks out and recommends the best in contemporary fiction and nonfiction - books that not only engage and entertain but also deepen our understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

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Business Source Premier

Find full text business articles, research, and news updated daily. Read articles from popular and scholarly business periodicals, research industries, and evaluate companies and their markets.

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Chilton Library

Chilton Library provides access to repair, maintenance, and service information on the most popular cars, trucks, vans and SUVs on the road today, as well as many new vehicles.

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Chronicling America

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers

Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1963 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present.  Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.

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CNA Classes was created to help students research information about becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant.

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Computer Source

Learn about current trends in technology, with topics such as computer science, programming, artificial intelligence, cybernetics, information systems, robotics, and software.

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Consumer Health Complete

Full text journals, magazines, and reference books dealing with health, wellness, fitness, and nutrition – coverage includes a focus on complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health and wellness. Browse medical, health-related and drug reference books.

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Coursera provides universal access to the world's best education, partnering with top universities and organizations to offer courses online.

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CultureGrams® is your source for concise, reliable, and up-to-date cultural information on countries of the world. Beyond the facts and figures, find an insider's perspective on the history, daily life, and customs. Also covers US states and Canadian provinces.

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Day By Day Family Literacy Calendar

Day By Day Ohio Family Literacy Calendar

Day By Day is a tool that families, caregivers, educators, and librarians can use at home, at the library, on the go, and in the classroom.  With a perpetual calendar featuring songs, activities, book suggestions, and videos, Day By Day offers resources to further develop early literacy skills that help young children prepare for, and to do better in, school.

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Digital Public Library of America

Digital Public Library of America

This is a free, national digital library that provides a single point of access to cultural heritage materials from more than 4,000 libraries, archives, and museums across the United States.  Search more than 37 million images, videos, texts, and sounds.

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Disability Resources

Access the United States Department of Labor disability services.  Topics include benefits, civil rights, community life, education and employment.

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Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency

DOE and EPA Fuel Economy

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have developed a website updated with fuel economy data for new and used passenger vehicles. The website also contains vehicle-specific air pollution emissions information, safety ratings and links to car buying websites. 

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Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos (World Book)

Spanish-language encyclopedia for Spanish speakers and Spanish language learners, this database includes videos, compare and contract features, and a visual dictionary.

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ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) is an authoritative database of indexed and full-text education literature and resources.

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Designed to meet the unique needs of its users, Explora supports both student research and classroom instruction with rich, reliable content and easy-to-use functionality.

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Find an Ohio Public Library Tool

Find an Ohio public library near you.

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Access U.S. military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.  This continually-growing collection contains millions of records from world-class archives, many of which are exclusively available on Fold3.

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Food Literacy Center

Food Literacy Center

Food Literacy Center is a nonprofit focused on preventative health, with skills and tools to share with families to learn and cook together.  The curriculum focuses on food literacy and hands-on cooking with kids.

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Gale Legal Forms

Take the law into your own hands - and fingertips, because now it's easy to create and find accurate, reliable legal documents with no hassle or stress.

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Global Road Warrior

Global Road Warrior is the world’s most extensive country-by-country resource for learning about culture, customs, history, and language worldwide. Global Road Warrior consists of 175 Country Guides of 119 topics each.

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Can't decide what to read next? Tell us what titles or genres you enjoy and we'll give you surprisingly insightful recommendations.

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Gran Hispanica (World Book)

World Book has partnered with one of the world's largest and most respected Spanish-language publishers to offer online this comprehensive Spanish-language encyclopedia that includes over 100,000 articles, more than 9,000 images and maps, and nearly 1,000 videos, animations, sounds, and interactive media.

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Health Source - Consumer Edition

This rich collection of consumer health information provides access to full-text consumer health magazines and reference books.

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Health Source - Nursing/Academic Edition

Health Source - Nursing/Academic Edition

This database provides indexing, abstracts and full-text for hundreds of nursing and allied health journals focusing on many medical disciplines, many of which are peer-reviewed.

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Get empowered with resources and tools to start or continue your journey of recover from substance abuse.

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Heritage Quest

With more than 4.4 billion records, this database delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources - with coverage dating back to the 1700s - that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place's past.

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Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center

This database offers detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast.  Full text is provided from leading hobby and craft magazines.

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Home Improvement Reference Center

Through a collection of comprehensive full-text content, this database provides users with detailed, user-friendly "how-to" information covering a variety of home improvement and repair projects.

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Borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to watch on your computer, tablet, phone, or television.  With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later.

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Learn, research and protect your investments.  Use the financial planning tools, guides, and resources to stay informed.

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Forms, instructions, and publications from the Internal Revenue Service.

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L'Encyclopedie Decouverte (World Book)

A full-featured, beginner-level reference source, this database is written at basic French reading levels.  This seamlessly integrates with World Book Kids for parallel English-language content.

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Learning Express Library

Access test preparation materials and interactive practice exams that will help people improve their scores on academic, civil service, military, and professional licensing and certification exams, including the PSAT, SAT, GED replacement, TASC, and other exams.

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Literary Reference Center

This rich full-text database provides a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes.  It gives students, professors and researchers a foundation of literary reference works to meet their research needs.

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Mango Languages

This award-winning language learning resource is the only single solution that combines quality content, intelligent technology, and an adaptive algorithm that delivers practical phrases from real situations.  This is language learning centered around you.

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MAS Ultra - School Edition

MAS Ultra - School Edition

Designed specifically for high school libraries, this database contains full text for popular high school magazines covering a wide-range of subject areas including history, science, careers and more.

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MasterFILE Premier

Designed specifically for public libraries, this database provides full-text magazines, reference books and primary source documents.  It also includes an extensive image collection containing photos, maps and flags.

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Created by the United States National Library of Medicine, this authoritative bibliographic database contains citations and abstracts for biomedical and health journals used by health care professionals, nurses, clinicians and researchers.

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Merck Manuals

The Merck Manuals are a comprehensive medical information source covering thousands of topics in all fields of medicine.  They are offered as a free public service to healthcare professionals and the general public.

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Middle Search Plus

Designed for middle school libraries, this full-text database provides popular magazines and reference books.  Covering subjects such as history, current events, science and sports, it also includes thousands of biographies, primary source documents, photos, maps and flags.

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MIT OpenCourseWare

MIT OpenCourseWare makes the materials used in the teaching of almost all of MIT's subjects available on the internet, free of charge.  With more than 2,400 courses available, OCW is delivering on the promise of open sharing of knowledge.

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Newspaper Source

Newspaper Source provides cover-to-cover full text for hundreds of national (U.S), international and regional newspapers.  It also offers television and radio transcripts from major networks.

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Ohio Benefit Bank

Find out if you qualify for budget-stretching work support programs and benefits by completing an eligibility QuickCheck, then complete and submit an application.

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Ohio Digital Library

The Ohio Digital Library provides eBooks, digital audiobooks, digital magazines, and videos to Ohio citizens.

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Ohio Legal Help

Ohio Legal Help seeks to improve justice and fairness for all Ohioans by removing barriers to the law so that they can understand their legal options, make informed decisions and connect to local legal and community resources.

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Ohio Means Jobs

Apply for and find a job on Ohio Means Jobs today!   Find available internships, hundreds of practice interviews, millions of scholarship opportunities, and endless information on career planning!

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Ohio Memory

Established in 2000, Ohio Memory is the collaborative statewide digital library program of the Ohio History Connection and the State Library of Ohio.  Explore digital content from over 360 cultural heritage institutions representing all 88 of Ohio's counties!  Ohio Memory contains over 700,000 digital images from a variety of primary source image types.

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Ohio Obituary Index (Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center)

Access an index of over 3,500,000 obituaries, death & marriage notices, and other sources from Ohio from the 1810s to the present day.  Actual obituaries may be ordered from over 60 partner libraries; only Hayes Library has online ordering.

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Ohio Treasurer of State

Ohio's economic development, salaries, property maps, investment reports, veteran resource guide, Buckeye Savers, custody services, and much more

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Ohio Web Library

These online research resources are provided by Ohio Libraries to all Ohio residents.

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Official website of the state of Ohio

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Access books, audiobooks, videos, and magazines with your library card.  The Ohio Digital Library is a program of the State Library of Ohio and is supported in whole or in part by federal Institute of Museum and Library Services funds, awarded to the State Library of Ohio.

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Oxford Reference Online

This research database brings together language and subject reference works from one of the world's biggest reference publishers into a single cross-searchable resource.  Titles cover a wide range of humanities, social science, performing arts, and general reference subjects.

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Oxford Research Encyclopedias

Articles from numerous academic encyclopedias of Social Work, the Oxford Classical Dictionary, American History, Climate Science, Communication, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Environmental Science, International Studies, Latin American History, Linguistics, Literature, Religion, Communication, and Politics.

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Points of View Reference Center

Containing resources that present multiple sides of an issue, this database provides rich content that can help students assess and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues and develop analytical thinking skills.

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Primary Search

Designed for elementary school libraries, Primary Search is a full-text database providing popular children's magazines, easy-to-read encyclopedic entries and a vast image collection.  Students can learn about a variety of topics, including endangered species, famous musicians, fitness and space exploration.

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Professional Development Collection

Professional Development Collection is a highly specialized database of full-text electronic information especially for educators, professional librarians and educational researchers.

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Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection

This full-text database is an essential tool for psychologists, counselors, researchers and students, providing extensive coverage for a broad range of subjects in the fields of psychology, behavioral sciences and related disciplines.

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Regional Business News

This database provides full-text regional business publications for the United States and Canadian provinces.  Users can search newspapers, magazines and other resources from trusted news sources.

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Religion and Philosophy Collection

This database is an essential tool for researchers and students of theology and philosophical studies, providing a full-text source of content pertaining to the topics related to and discussed in disciplines of religion and philosophy.

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Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

Explore over 40,000 detailed maps of Ohio cities drawn between 1882 and 1962.

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Science Reference Center

Designed to meet every student researcher's needs, this database contains full-text for hundreds of science magazines, journals, encyclopedias, reference books and a vast collection of images.

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Small Business Reference Center

This database offers exclusive full-text for many top consumer small business reference books, as well as tools to address small business topics.  It includes videos, a help and advice section, and details on how to create business plans.

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Small Engine Repair

Access diagrams and full-text information to repair any small engine, including those for marine, motorcycles, lawnmowers and tractors.

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Sociological Collection

This full-text database offers a trusted source of sociology literature, making in an essential tool for sociology and social work researchers, professionals and students.

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Teachers, librarians and student researchers can use this database to explore current events, social, political and economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics frequently discussed in the classroom.

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U.S. Small Business Administration

Want to be an entrepreneur?  Learn how to get started on your business in 10 steps.  The SBA has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small business.

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Union Township Cemeteries

Find a list of cemeteries with maps and records, cemetery rates, the foundation schedule, and conditions & rules of cemeteries.

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United States Census Bureau

The Census Bureau's mission is to serve as the nation's leading provider of quality data about its people and economy.  Their goal is to provide the best mix of timelines, relevancy, quality and cost for the data collected and services provided.

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Very Short Introductions

Access concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects - from Islam to Sociology, Politics to Classics, and Literary Theory to History.  Each volume provides balanced and complete discussions of the central issues in a given topic.

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Vocational and Career Collection

This database provides full-text coverage for trade and industry-related periodicals for high schools, community colleges, trade institutions and the general public.

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Find your polling place, build your ballot with the online voter's guide, and much more.

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What Tree Is It?

Ohio tree identification guide

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What's Next: Books in Series

Search series fiction for children and adult materials.  A series is two or more books linked by characters, settings, or other common traits.

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What's That Snake?

Ohio snake identification guide

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What's the Point?

Identify flint artifacts.

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Workforce Skills for 21st Century Success

This database provides resources to boost basic workplace and job search skills, and prepares job seekers for advanced occupational training.  This interactive, self-paced, and intuitive platform provides job seekers with the tools needed to succeed in the modern workplace.

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World Book

Resources include encyclopedic content, e-books, multimedia, a vast collection of primary source documents, and a wealth of research tools that allow students ot customize and save their work.

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